Monday, June 14, 2010

Boy, I'd never have guessed!

Most "jihadists" are pathetic losers and stumblebums.
Their leaders and recruiters can be lethally subtle and manipulative, but the quiet truth is that many of the deluded foot soldiers are foolish and untrained, perhaps even untrainable.. . .

Nowhere is the gap between sinister stereotype and ridiculous reality more apparent than in Afghanistan, where it’s fair to say that the Taliban employ the world’s worst suicide bombers: one in two manages to kill only himself. And this success rate hasn’t improved at all in the five years they’ve been using suicide bombers, despite the experience of hundreds of attacks—or attempted attacks.
This certainly fits the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber, but Nidal Hasan, for all his ineptitude and social awkwardness, shot a lot of people. Will making fun of them hurt recruiting efforts?

Maybe these guys are just depressed and suicidal and letting their despair suck them into this "martyrdom" syndrome was an afterthought.


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